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Forum: Other discussions 4 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Dilemma

First of all, if I was interested in your business, Googled the named and found this post which indicates the possibility of you giving the business away, I wouldn't be prepared to pay the asking...
Forum: Starting a business 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How to run a photography contest to get good photographs to use in website?

If you want a really good photographer, this is not the way to go. If you want a student or amateur, it may work.

A good photographer will easily spend 10s of thousands on equipment and software,...
Forum: Money matters 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: TAKE CARE! When sending money to overseas suppliers

This is a very real danger. I have a client who transferred $40K into a scammer's account and was never able to recover it.

I saw some of the emails and letters the scammer sent, and they were...
Forum: Sales & marketing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Mobile Marketing

I hate being marketed to by SMS and always opt out, no matter who's contacting me. It feels much more invasive than other forms of marketing.

There are now plenty of marketing options that cross...
Forum: Sales & marketing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,136
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Banner / Sign what to include?

If you're in a residential area, there's a good chance that council regulations will limit you to something about the size of an A3 sheet of paper or smaller.

If that's the case, you're best to...
Forum: Starting a business 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Starting a carpentry / handyman business?

I believe in Victoria, you can do jobs up to $5,000 without an accreditation.

You will definitely need various types of insurance - Your best bet would be to speak to an insurance broker.

Most...
Forum: Talking technology 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

That was my thinking, but MYOB refuses to support their old products (they would rather you pay $70 per month rather than $0 per month, which is understandable), and my fairly recent piece of...
Forum: Talking technology 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

After being a MYOB user for 10 years, at the beginning of this financial year I switched to Reckon Accounting, which is basically Quickbooks, re-branded by an Aussie company.

So far, so good - and...
Forum: Starting a business 11-09-14
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Email Signatures

I'd do it anyway.

Think of your email agreement as like a lock on a car; when you think about it, a door lock doesn't really make a car that secure: if anyone wants to get in they can easily...
Forum: Sales & marketing 11-09-14
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Defence/Emergency Personnel - how to ask for proof?

How about showing your support by giving donations to organizations such as the Ambos, volunteer-run fire services and the RSL?
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 01-09-14
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Need a we developer to upgrade Joomla on customer site.

Thanks for your message. I found someone and had the site successfully upgraded several months ago.
Forum: Sales & marketing 25-08-14
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Your best bet is probably to contact a commercial screen printer.
Forum: Other discussions 25-08-14
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Having small children who need me to pay for swimming lessons, ballet lessons, nappies, Disney merchandise and an unbelievable amount of sultanas keep me sufficiently motivated.

As well as...
Forum: Sales & marketing 25-08-14
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Any commercial printer should be able to produce those for you.

You can either get them die cut with the hole, or you can buy a hand punch that will cut that shape out of the top.
Forum: Talking technology 15-08-14
Replies: 25
Views: 946
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Logo Design prices

I've got to disagree with you there.
Say I start charging $400 per logo, and spend an average of 8 hours on each job. After a while I get a good reputation, word of mouth spreads, and suddenly I've...
Forum: Other discussions 13-08-14
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Sole-trader and gst.

First off, you should be putting a margin on the print job and making yourself a little profit. As a designer, you have access to many trade-only printers who will sell to you for much less than what...
Forum: Other discussions 13-08-14
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: RAH! Scarlett mad! Internet sucks!

What's the 4G situation in your area?
Forum: Money matters 12-08-14
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Eway, PayPal, merchant etc.

I've recently started using Pin Payments. They are an Aussie company that has created a really nifty, easy to use product.

You just sign up with them and they take 2.6% + 30 cents for every...
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 07-08-14
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Brochure help & advice

What you don't include is just as important as what you do.

When working on any design, look at every single image, line, word, etc. on the page and ask yourself "does this have a purpose?". If it...
Forum: Sales & marketing 29-07-14
Replies: 15
Views: 835
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hard copy marketing - expensive, but worth it?

When you start a business, you need to explore a variety of marketing channels and methods, until you can work out what works best for you.

For many businesses, there just isn't an off-the-shelf...
Forum: Other discussions 25-07-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1,358
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Stock Photos - best place?

I use Dollar Photo Club
They have a huge library (including many images you'll find on the more expensive sites), no ongoing contracts, and you only ever pay $1, not matter what size.

The tiny...
Forum: Talking technology 25-07-14
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Photocopier Lease/Rental

If you're only doing smaller volumes (100 or less per month), you could also look at an A3 inkjet. Very cheap to buy and not much to run - even less if you buy non-genuine ink.
...
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 24-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,608
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

No problems. I'll PM you with a price, which is much less than $6k.
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 23-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,608
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

Would you mind sharing the specifications of the flyer? I'm not trying to get your business, but would be happy to tell you what you should expect to pay.
Forum: Starting a business 21-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Any advice on choosing what should be the dominant colour(s) for your start up?

It all comes down to demographics and target audience. You'd probably find that your average 'coffee snob' doesn't like people messing with recipes, whether it be the way their coffee beans are...
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